With 12% alcohol, from a thin, below average year, the 1972 Chateau Gloria from St. Julien, Bordeaux, cost $6.79 back then and scored a surprising;y nice 14+ points.

The color was school-brick throughout with a golden edge. Aromas of smoke, wood, spices and even subtle red fruits lingered. It was served immediately after decanting.

At 48 years old, it had past its peak, but was still interesting. Served with meatloaf. Keeping it basic.

It was purchased on February 10, 1979 and honestly, lost on one of my aging racks. Old wines always interest me. It can’t be taught. In Vino Veritas.